Just About Summer 2 - An Afternoon of Music & Dance
Jun
3
2:00 PM14:00

Just About Summer 2 - An Afternoon of Music & Dance

  • The Reeve History & Cultural Resource Center (map)
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Joining forces with the popular local band The Fine Line, dancers from the Westfield-based Fred Astaire Studio as well as from the Westfield YMCA Dance Academy tap class will show off their talents. Refreshments will be offered free of charge and there will also be baked goods available for sale.

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High Tea at The Reeve: Edwardian High Tea to be Held at Westfield's Reeve House
Feb
7
12:00 PM12:00

High Tea at The Reeve: Edwardian High Tea to be Held at Westfield's Reeve House

As part of the Westfield Historical Society’s First Wednesday Luncheon series Mr. Jim Hewitt will present a talk on the moral education at Oxford and Cambridge Universities. The event will begin at 12PM at the Echo Lake Country Club, located at 515 Springfield Avenue, Westfield.

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Weekend Speakers' Series: The Preservation of the T. Thomas Fortune House
Jan
21
2:30 PM14:30

Weekend Speakers' Series: The Preservation of the T. Thomas Fortune House

Gilda Rogers and Roger Mumford will visit the Westfield Historical Society to tell the amazing story of how a group of determined Red Bank citizens and a generous developer preserved the T. Thomas Fortune house, a national historic landmark devoted to African-American heritage. Their presentation, “From Failure to Fortune: The Battle to Save and Develop a National Historic Landmark,” is part of the Westfield Historical Society’s Weekend Speakers Series. The talk will take place on Sunday, January 21st at 2:30 p.m. at the Reeve House in Westfield, New Jersey.

The Thomas Fortune House is one of the most historically significant properties in the United States. It is one of only two National Historic Landmarks in New Jersey that is significant because of its role in African American History. The stately 1870s house was home to T. Thomas Fortune, an activist newspaper editor and crusader for social justice, from 1901-1915. There are only 57 National Historic Landmarks in New Jersey, and only around 2,500 in the entire United States.

Ms. Rogers, a journalist, teacher, historian and playwright who lives in Red Bank was instrumental in forming a group of concerned citizens who fought to preserve the home. Mr. Mumford, a homebuilder, played an equally vital role in this historic preservation project. He worked closely with the Red Bank zoning board to find a creative solution. Mumford’s solution, which was approved by the Red Bank zoning board, was to restore and donate the home as a cultural center and also create 31 apartments on its one-acre property. The painstaking renovation of the T. Thomas Fortune House is currently underway, and the cultural center is expected to open in the spring of 2018.

Space is limited and prior registration is required so to make a reservation kindly email westfieldhistoricalsociety@gmail.com or call 908-654-1794. There is a suggested donation of $5 to help offset costs and to support the Society.

For more information about the Westfield Historical Society and the Reeve House, which is located at 314 Mountain Avenue in Westfield, NJ visit http://westfieldhistoricalsociety.org

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Westfield Historical Society to Offer Cursive Penmanship Course
Jan
13
to Mar 10

Westfield Historical Society to Offer Cursive Penmanship Course

Did you know that most students no longer learn the skill of cursive penmanship? This means that historians in the future may not be able to read historic documents or even personal letters from generations back.  As a service to the community, the Westfield Historical Society is sponsoring a penmanship course to help ensure that this important skill does not disappear.  
The course will begin on Saturday, January 13, 2018 and run for eight sessions.  It will be held at the Reeve History and Cultural Resource Center, 314 Mountain Avenue, Westfield. Classes will be from 9-10 AM with a maximum of 8 students.  Anyone in third grade and above is welcome.  There is a $40 fee per student for the course.
Retired teacher Mrs. Susan McClelland, who taught cursive penmanship for over twenty years, will provide the instruction.  Mrs. McClelland will teach the Zaner-Bloser method and each student completing the course will receive a signed certificate.  
Research has shown that students who learn cursive writing may process information better.  And in an age of screens, penmanship can provide a tactile and creative outlet activity with a beautiful result.  
To register, please call The Westfield Historical Society at 908-654-1794 or contact westfieldhistoricalsociety@gmail.com.

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Westfield Downtown Walking Tours
Nov
12
1:00 PM13:00

Westfield Downtown Walking Tours

Learn more about Westfield's past and present through some of its most notable buildings and landmarks. Take some time to look at the 1911 firehouse, built in the Spanish architectural style, find out what Greek muse is atop the World War I obelisk in Memorial Plaza, and gaze for a moment at our beautiful historic architecture.

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First Wednesday Luncheon: Preserving the Great Lawn in Rahway River Park
Nov
1
12:00 PM12:00

First Wednesday Luncheon: Preserving the Great Lawn in Rahway River Park

As part of the Westfield Historical Society’s First Wednesday Luncheon series Mr. Scott J. Aruta will present a talk on the Great Lawn in Rahway River Park on November 1st, 2017. The event will begin at 12PM at the Echo Lake Country Club, located at 515 Springfield Avenue, Westfield.

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Four Centuries in a Weekend Open House
Oct
21
to Oct 22

Four Centuries in a Weekend Open House

Saturday & Sunday, October 21-22, 12:00 - 5:00 PM
Reeve House, 314 Mountain Avenue, Westfield NJ

The Westfield Historical Society invites visitors to the Union County’s Four Centuries in a Weekend Open House at the Reeve House on Saturday, October 21 and Sunday, October 22 from 12:00-5:00pm.

Special exhibits include a video from the 1920s narrated by Carolyn Holt showing a “Day the Circus Came to Westfield”. The video, filmed by the narrator’s family when she was a child, features circus performers and animals disembarking from the train in Westfield and marching in a parade down Broad Street.

Another special exhibit will show information on the life and accomplishments of Dr. Virginia Apgar who was raised in Westfield and is a Westfield Historical Society Hall of Fame member. Dr. Apgar is renowned for establishing the method known as the Apgar Score, used by hospitals worldwide, to assess the condition of newborn babies. Virginia Apgar’s trading card will be distributed throughout the weekend to visitors who are collecting Union County’s History Trading Cards. Passports will also be stamped for those visitors traveling from site to site.

The Reeve History and Cultural Resource Center is located at 314 Mountain Avenue in Westfield, NJ. Tours of the historic Victorian era Reeve House will be given throughout the weekend.

 

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First Wednesday Luncheon: A Failed Russian Revolution: The Battleship Potemkin Mutiny of 1905
Oct
4
12:00 PM12:00

First Wednesday Luncheon: A Failed Russian Revolution: The Battleship Potemkin Mutiny of 1905

As part of the The Westfield Historical Society’s First Wednesday Luncheon series, Professor John Rossi will be speaking on the history of building ships and lighthouses on September 6th, 2017. The event will begin at 12PM at the Echo Lake Country Club, located at 515 Springfield Avenue, Westfield.

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First Wednesday Luncheon: The History of Building Ships and Lighthouses
Sep
6
12:00 PM12:00

First Wednesday Luncheon: The History of Building Ships and Lighthouses

As part of the The Westfield Historical Society’s First Wednesday Luncheon series, Professor John Rossi will be speaking on the history of building ships and lighthouses on September 6th, 2017. The event will begin at 12PM at the Echo Lake Country Club, located at 515 Springfield Avenue, Westfield.

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Damien Cregeau: The life of a Revolutionary War soldier
Apr
20
10:30 AM10:30

Damien Cregeau: The life of a Revolutionary War soldier

  • The Snyder Academy of Elizabethtown/ Old First Historic Trust / First Presbyterian Church (map)
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The event features Mr. Damien Cregeau, historian and re-enactor, in the full uniform and kit of a typical Revolutionary War foot soldier. Mr. Cregeau and his wife Pam have re-enacted from Louisbourg, Nova Scotia down to Yorktown, Virginia over the past ten years. Mr. Cregeau will talk about the various challenges the soldiers faced, including not just battles, but also foraging for food, finding or constructing shelters, procuring clothing and trying to stay healthy.

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Presentation: Newark Through The Ages
Feb
26
2:30 PM14:30

Presentation: Newark Through The Ages

  • Reeve History and Cultural Resource Center (map)
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Elizabeth R. Del Tufo, President of the City of Newark Landmarks and Historic Preservation Commission, will conduct a Sunday Afternoon Presentation about the history of the city of Newark. The talk will take place on February 26nd at 2:30 PM at the Reeve House in Westfield, New Jersey.

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Jan
22
2:30 PM14:30

Presentation: How the Great Depression and the New Deal Affected Everyday Lives and its Relevance to Today

  • Reeve History and Cultural Resource Center (map)
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George Melloan, author of the new book “When the New Deal Came to Town, a Snapshot of a Place and Time With Lessons for Today,” will conduct a Sunday Afternoon Presentation about the history of the New Deal and the Great Depression. The talk will take place on Sunday, January 22nd at 2:30 PM at the Reeve House in Westfield, New Jersey. Mr. Melloan’s new book details how the federal policy errors of first the Republicans and then the Democrats prolonged the Great Depression and how the people of a small farm village in Indiana coped with the resulting hard times.

During his 64-year at The Wall Street Journal, Mr. Melloan was a reporter in Chicago and Detroit, manager of the Cleveland and Atlanta news bureaus, a page one editor in New York, and a foreign correspondent based in London. Among other news events of the late 1960s, he covered the Six-Day war in Israel, the Biafran war in Nigeria and the unsuccessful efforts at economic reform in the Soviet Union.

Mr. Melloan joined the Journal editorial page in 1970 and was made deputy editor in 1973. In 1987 he launched the Journal’s Business World column. In 1990 he moved to Brussels to oversee the European and Asian editorial pages, starting a new column, titled Global View. Returning to New York in late 1994, he added coverage of the Americas to his international responsibilities. He retired in 2006, but has continued to contribute op-eds and book reviews to the Journal.

Mr. Melloan is a member of the New York Council on Foreign Relations and the Dutch Treat Club in New York. He was winner of the Gerald Loeb award for distinguished business and financial journalism in 1981, the Daily Gleaner award of the Inter American Press Association twice in the 1980s for his writings about Soviet inroads in Latin America, and the American Spectator’s Barbara Olson award for excellence and independence in journalism in 2006.  His home is in Westfield, N.J.

To attend the event kindly can make a reservation by calling 908-654-1794 or via email at westfieldhistoricalsociety@gmail.com. There is a suggested donation of $5 to help offset costs and to support the Society. Sunday, January 29th 2017, is the alternate date in case of inclement weather. There will be a notice on the website and on the voicemail.

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Jan
4
12:00 PM12:00

First Wednesday Luncheon Program: Colonial Beaver Trade

Colonial Beaver Trade

Mr. Kenneth G. Ward is the speaker and his topic will be the 'Colonial Beaver Trade' in the late 16th and 17th century.

This presentation is part of the Westfield Historical Society's First Wednesday Luncheon and will be held on January 4th, 2017 at 12 pm at Echo Lake Country Club. 

In Dutch times the Westfield area was a known habitat for beavers, with a significant portion of the economy reliant on beaver pelts during the early colonial period. Mr. Ward has spoken to many groups over the years regarding the importance of beavers to the region, and how it shaped the relationship between the European settlers and the Native Americans.

Mr. Ward has over 40 years of business and civic experience mostly related to Union County, with a focus on historical societies throughout the county. He served as the Secretary of the Elizabethtown Historical Foundation, Secretary of the New Jersey Historical Society, President and Vice Presidentof the Historical Society Elizabeth and Vice President of the Westfield Chapter of Sons of the American Revolution.

To attend the luncheon please make a reservation by calling Mary Orlando at 908-233-2930, by noon on Monday, January 2nd, 2017. The luncheon fee of $30 (WHS members) or $35 (non-members) includes a three course meal, coffee/tea, and gratuity. Westfield Historical Society memberships will also be available at the luncheon

Echo Lake Country Club is at 515 Springfield Ave, Westfield, NJ.m

For Echo Lake County Club dress code information, visit: http://www.echolakecc.org.

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First Wednesday Luncheon Program
Dec
7
12:00 PM12:00

First Wednesday Luncheon Program

Tales from Early American Journalism

As the only real source of information in the nation’s early days, newspapers played an integral role in the lives of those new to America. In storytelling fashion, Westfield resident Tina Lesher will pinpoint some interesting anecdotes that show the importance of the newspaper in the 17th and 18 centuries.

 

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